Thelma B. Christman
1926 - 2021
Stitzel Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc - Oley
423 Main Street
Oley, PA
Thelma B. Christman Thelma B. Christman, 94, formerly of Oley, passed away January 26, 2021, at The Highlands of Wyomissing. She was the loving wife of the late William P. Christman. They were married 65 years. Born in Pikeville, on October 4, 1926, Thelma was the daughter of the late Amandus Y. and Helen Y. (Bechtel) Reichert. She was a 1944 graduate of Oley Valley High School and a 1947 graduate of the Reading Hospital School of Nursing. In 1947, she served in the World War II Cadet Nurse program stationed in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Thelma worked as a nurse at the Pottstown Hospital, retiring from the Oley Valley School District, Alsace Building, in 1988 as nurse/secretary. She was a member of Friedens United Church of Christ, Oley, where she taught Sunday School, sang on the choir and was a member of the Woman’s Guild. She was a loving mother and grandmother who loved to spend time with her family. Thelma enjoyed working in the garden with Bill, baking AP Cakes, spending time at the house in Maryland, water skiing and providing nursing care to her family and friends. Thelma is survived by a daughter, Karen, wife of Jeff Shearer, of Temple and a son, Kirk, husband of Sherry Christman, Fleetwood. She also survived by her grandchildren, Matthew Yoder, husband of Sara, Orangeville; Lauren Yoder, Leesport; and Bryan Shearer, husband of Hilary Sech, Ledyard, CT; two great-grandchildren, Adelaide and Billy Yoder; and her brother, Amandus Reichert, husband of Frances. She was predeceased by her sisters, Viola Sheetz, Alma Reichert, and Evelyn Robertson. The family wishes to send a special thank you to the Skilled Nursing staff at The Highlands of Wyomissing and Grane Hospice for their loving care and compassion they provided Thelma. While the funeral service will be private, it will be live-streamed on Saturday, January 30, at 2 pm. Please access the live-stream link at Thelma’s obituary listed on In lieu of flowers, contributions in Thelma’s memory can be sent to the Oley Valley Community Education Foundation, PO Box 331, Oley, PA 19547 or the Woman’s Guild of Friedens UCC, 337 Main Street, Oley, PA 19547. Stitzel Family Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., Oley is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, visit
Published by Reading Eagle from Jan. 28 to Jan. 29, 2021.
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Friedens Cemetery
337 Main Street, Oley, PA
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Kirk and Karen my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thelma was a wonderful friend and neighbor.
Patricia Sittler
January 30, 2021
Kirk and Karen my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Your mother was a wonderful friend and neighbor.
Patricia Sittler
January 30, 2021
Kirk and Karen so sorry to hear about your mom she was such a nice lady with a warm smile our deepest sympathy and condolences. God Bless Willy and Robin
January 29, 2021
Dr. Norman E. Taylor
January 28, 2021
Rest In Peace Mrs Christman. I will always remember you and the encouragement you provided to me as I wanted to become a nurse and how excited you were when I became a nurse. May God be with your family during this difficult time
Jarylynn Schlegel
January 28, 2021
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